Many tests of semantic properties that linguists use in their everyday life rely on reasoning. For example, if you know that all space aliens love chocolate, and you learn that Mary is a space alien, then you also know that Mary loves chocolate. This does not only tell you something important about space aliens, on closer inspection and after some serious linguistic analyzing it also reveals certain properties of the meaning of the determiner all. Continue reading Paper on Automatic Reasoning
The proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 19 are now online! They contain Manfred’s paper on Inverse linking and telescoping as polyadic quantification. He presents a uniform analysis of inverse linking (as in Continue reading Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 2014 online
Gianina Iordăchioaia and Frank Richter published a paper in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory on analyzing negative concord in Romanian and other languages as polyadic quantification. They Continue reading Iordăchioaia & Richter on Negative Concord
In a recent paper, Jennifer Spenader, Frank Richter and Janina Radó extend previous experimental work by Frank and Janina on negative polarity items in German to parallel data in English. In two experiments they investigated the ability of native speakers to distinguish different groups of NPIs:
J. Spenader, F. Richter & J. Radó (2014): Experimental Investigations of Licensing Environments for NPIs in English. In: Jack Hoeksema & Dicky Gilbers (eds.): Black Book. A Festschrift in Honor of Frans Zwarts. University of Groningen, pp. 301-310
Assif Am-David published a monograph based on his dissertation “A semantic typology of definiteness”. This book explores the crosslinguistic distributional patterns of definiteness markers. A distinction is drawn between semantic definiteness and morpho-syntactic definiteness marking. The semantic components of definiteness are arranged, similar to semantic maps, and language-specifically assigned to definiteness markers. This model is based on the results of an empirical study of Q’ekchi’, Otomi, Maori and Basque. The choice of a suitable sample for a typological study is also discussed.
Am-David, Assif (2014): A Semantic Typology of Definiteness. Lampert Academic Publishing.
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